As I write this article on a very cold frosty morning, I’m thinking of all the different ways we show our loved ones and other people that we care. Caring can take many different guises from the day to day care of a loved one, or the more remote care we show others by giving to charity.
The Broadstone Methodist Knit and Natter Group show their caring side by knitting or crocheting items for a variety of charities. Before Christmas we had a stall outside the church on the day of the Christmas Parade, where we sold our many knitted and crocheted items from hats, gloves, and soft toys, to Christmas decorations including door wreaths. We also sold hand made cakes and sweets and had a name the doll competition. This was won by Marilyn Greenaway who guessed the correct name of Grace. A big thank you to those who helped with set up and running the stall on the day!
The many people who supported us on the day showed their caring side by helping us to raise over £250 that went towards the charity Toilet Twinning. Since then at the church we have gone on to increase this amount to £420 that has enabled us to twin seven of our toilets to various places that include The Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Liberia, Uganda, Central African Republic, Myanmar and Nepal.
Toilet Twinning is a local charity based at 1052-1054 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth and is part of the Christian charity Tearfund. It was set up to help flush away poverty, by raising funds to support water sanitation for the 2.4 billion people who don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the loo. The funds raised enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, a basic toilet and to learn about hygiene - a vital combination that helps end general poverty. So next time you spend a penny have a look to see where the toilet you are using has been twinned with. There will be a picture of it along with map co-ordinates so you can even look up where it is in the world!
I think it is amazing that from someone coming along to knit items, to the person who buys that item and then the funds raised can help so many people around the world and shows that we can all help build a caring loving community.
The Broadstone Methodist Church Knit and Natter Group meet in a relaxed friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee, (kindly sponsored by Lesley Shand Funeral Directors) every Monday at 10.00am-12 noon (except bank holidays) in the Sanctuary at Broadstone Methodist Church. You can bring your own project or you can join in one of the charity projects, where wool and needles are provided. All skills welcome.